Special Events > European Danda Retreat - July, 2012


Divine Distraction

A LIFE-TRANSFORMING HAPPENING!

We invite you to participate in the Divine Appearance and Revelation of Adi Da Samraj. A profound transformation becomes possible at the depth of life and consciousness, through the Blessing-Transmission Inherent in Adi Das Orpheum Revelation, His Divine Image-Art, Sacred Sightings of Him, and the Musical Offerings that will occur in this retreat.

presented by Adidam Europe


Dates:
Thursday, July 5 - Sunday, July 8, 2012
Place: European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands.

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Retreat Host and Special Guests


This retreat will be hosted by Steve Brown with the participation of three special guests: Ruchiradama Nadikanta, Naamleela Free Jones and Ruy Carpenter.

Steve Brown

Steve Brown has been a formal devotee of Adi Da Samraj since 1984, and was personally instructed by Adi Da in the sacred arts, particularly music and theatre. He has performed, produced, and directed enactments of Adi Da's Orpheum Trilogy within the First Room Theatre Guild for over 25 years, where he is presently Artistic Director.
 
Ruchiradama Nadikanta
Ruchiradama Nadikanta is a senior renunciate devotee of Adi Da. Having lived and served in His Direct Company for 38 years, she now travels around the world to invoke Adi Das Presence and Speak about His Divine Revelation.
 
Naamleela Free Jones
Naamleela Free Jones, youngest daughter of Adi Da Samraj, lived with Him closely for nearly three decades, dedicating herself to serving His unique Life and Work. She is a musical composer, producer, and classical pianist.
 
Ruy Carpenter
Ruy Carpenter has been a devotee of Adi Da since birth. He is Naamleela's partner, and was a principal technical assistant to Adi Da in His art studio from 2006-2008.



Recent Events Hosted by Steve Brown
during his worldwide tour


<span class="caption">Steve Brown hosting an event in Cleveland,
Steve Brown hosting an event in Cleveland, Ohio
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From participants at recent events Steve hosted:

It was a profound experience for me. I was completely engaged the entire time. A rarity. This was not a lecture or sermon. It was something unlike anything I've experienced before. Though I hadn't heard of Raymond Darling before this, or any of the other characters mentioned, it didn't matter. I can't say that I understood everything I heard and experienced. But I can say that it resonated with me in a unique way and I found it very moving. I want to learn and experience more of this. Steve amazed me many times. What he did was so much more than just "acting." His voice and gestures were a conduit for something so much bigger than that. I didn't feel like I was simply sitting there, watching and listening. I felt like I was part of everything happening. At one point toward the end, I became aware of everybody's breathing and felt like we were all part of a larger organism, which was itself part of a larger organism. I felt that in such a different way than I have before. It was certainly a transformative experience. This was a wonderful event, and I feel incredibly grateful and honored that I got to attend it. I feel like I just took my first few steps on my journey back home.

Jackie K. (non-devotee)
Theater Critic for a major Cleveland newspaper
commenting on a Chicago performance

Steve Brown's Event of The Mummery Book was filled with Adi Da's direct Communication. I literally felt that Steve was in egoless divine communion with Adi Da, enabling Him to speak and act through His devotee. There was a tangibly visible sense that Steve was not abstracting himself from The Mummery Book, but was instead allowing its Communication to be lived presently. I felt and understood The Mummery Book as Adi Da Himself and as myself in a Mysterious manner which I find hard to fully elucidate. Nonetheless it had a powerful impact that has stayed with me, and I am presently reading it with new eyes and ears.

David Y. (non-devotee)
commenting on a New York City performance

I'm so glad that I was able to attend the Mummery event yesterday. I have never experienced anything like what I saw, heard, and felt. What Steve talked about really resonated deeply within me — especially regarding the ego. This is what I continuously go through, each and every moment of not identifying "myself" with the ego. It's so easy to slip up and fall into that patterning but then through Adi Da, I let go of all that and just simply turn and commune with Him. My heart was deeply moved.

Alexis C. (non-devotee)
commenting on a New York City performance

The retreat center here is filled with beautiful flowers and [Adi Da's] most palpable Presence. This afternoon Steve Brown presented his "performance enhanced" sacred arts presentation taken from The Orpheum Trilogy. I cannot fully express, without sending my whole heart to you, just how extremely powerful Steve's "whole body puja" was. He was "on fire" with heart felt magnification of [Adi Da's] Dharma and superbly brought to life the Prologue, among many other excerpts from The Mummery Book. I am still feeling the heightened energy of Beloved's Dharma from Steve's nearly three and half hour "event".

Ron H. (devotee)
commenting on a Chicago performance



Steve Brown hosting an event in Cleveland,  Ohio
Steve Brown hosting an event in Cleveland, Ohio
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Steve Brown hosting an event in an intimate venue in Portland, Oregon
Steve Brown hosting an event in an intimate venue in Portland, Oregon

Steve Brown hosting an event in Trinidad, California
Steve Brown hosting an event in an intimate venue in Trinidad, California
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Steve Brown hosting an event in Trinidad, California
Steve Brown hosting an event in an intimate venue in Trinidad, California
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Steve Brown hosting an event in Potomac, Maryland
Steve Brown hosting an event in an intimate venue in Potomac, Maryland
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Steve Brown hosting an event in Natick, Massachusetts
Steve Brown hosting an event in an intimate venue in Natick, Massachusetts
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Steve Brown hosting an event in Natick, Massachusetts
Steve Brown hosting an event in an intimate venue in Natick, Massachusetts
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Steve Brown hosting an event in New York City
Steve Brown hosting an event in an intimate venue in New York City
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Steve Brown hosting an event in New York City
Steve Brown hosting an event in an intimate venue in New York City
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Steve Brown hosting an event in New York City
Steve Brown hosting an event in an intimate venue in New York City
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Steve Brown hosting an event in Montreal, Canada
Steve Brown hosting an event in an intimate venue in Montreal, Canada
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Retreat location: the European Danda


European Danda
The retreat will be held at our Spiritually-Empowered Center in the south of the Netherlands. The Danda is a former monastery . . . a quiet place, and a place where Adi Da twice resided. It houses the the largest collection in the world of Adi Das Transcendental Realist Art, and art tours and presentations will be offered during the retreat. Filled with Adi Das Presence, it is a perfect location to retire from worldly stress and distraction to sink into the deepest feeling of Reality Itself.

the European Danda
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Your retreat will include 3 great vegetarian meals per day, contemplative walks in our private forest and plenty of opportunity to ask your questions to Steve or other devotees of Adi Da.

More about the European Danda at www.EuropeanDanda.org


Da Peace site
Da Peace site


More information


PLACE:
European Danda
Annendaalderweg 10,
NL-6105 AT Maria Hoop,
the Netherlands

Railway stations Echt, Roermond, Geilenkirchen close-by. Airports Eindhoven and Maastricht. Pick-up from railway stations possible.

COST: €425. Includes lodgings and delicious, vegetarian meals for 4-day retreat (3 overnights).
Early Registration (extended to June 10): 325

LANGUAGE: English, with support services in Dutch and German

To register or for more information:

  • United Kingdom: Tel. + 44 845 330 1008, or email:
  • Germany: Tel. + 49 30 21478179, or email:

  • Holland: Tel. + 31 0475-301399, or email: info@adidam.nl

  • All other countries: email us at info@adidam.nl

You can also register using the European Danda's online form.

If you are interested do let us know as we may be able to arrange a car share.

The Art Exhibit at the European Danda

Art Exhibit at the European Danda


More information about the Gallery here.

Videos of past retreats


Clips from recent retreats (including events and responses) at the European Danda.






Pictures from the August 2011 retreat at the European Danda

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August 2011 Retreat at the European Danda

August 2011 Retreat at the European Danda

August 2011 Retreat at the European Danda

August 2011 Retreat at the European Danda

August 2011 Retreat at the European Danda

August 2011 Retreat at the European Danda

August 2011 Retreat at the European Danda

August 2011 Retreat at the European Danda

August 2011 Retreat at the European Danda

August 2011 Retreat at the European Danda

August 2011 Retreat at the European Danda

August 2011 Retreat at the European Danda

August 2011 Retreat at the European Danda

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